Happy #ForgivingFridays everyone! Yay! This is an opportunity for YOU to share about forgiveness & post about it ANY DAY this week! You can post a poem or a photo (or even a video like one of this week’s contributors), or you can write about what happens when you “quiet your mind” like I did. Or simply do a post with two words, “I Forgive”. (See guidelines below ❤ )
Today’s Forgiving Fridays is about the results of my 7 day retreat to quiet my mind!
This past week, I took 7 amazing days to quiet my mind, do forgiveness, and ask myself, “What’s next for Debbie?” Each day, I journaled, breathed consciously, meditated, wrote a poem, and of course… did compassionate self-forgiveness.
What touches my heart is the courage that I had to open to ME, to the deep, true, abiding me …. I got so much more than I bargained for.
The most important thing that I found is this:
Everything that I need is inside of me. By the end of the 7 days, I was having DIRECT EXPERIENCE with the presence of love within me.
It was amazing. I wrote a poem about it. (It came out in 3 minutes!!!) See below.
When I started this challenge, I wrote how I allowed the past to hold me back. In these 7 days, I let go of SO MUCH old stuff. I watched myself go from wanting outer approval and feeling stuck to looking inside for my answers. I hated myself, loved myself, struggled with myself, and accepted myself.
Here are the 7 qualities I focused on, one each day to quiet my mind and go for what I want:
I did a video to document each quality — with tips to help you. Click here for the series.
I especially would love for you to watch my video on “humility”. I realized I was playing small, like “Who am I to share this forgiveness work?” When I quieted my mind and focused inside, I had incredible clarity and confidence & talked about my mom’s murder and how important it is to choose love:
I wrote down key awareness on a collage above my bed – it was so much fun:
There’s so much more I want to say. The last thing I want to do (for now 🙂 ) is to forgive any judgments that may still be present about going for what I want. I forgive myself. I forgive myself. And once more, I forgive myself!
I am grateful for all of you who contribute to Forgiving Fridays. I learn so much from you! Here are this week’s contributions:
Etta of Simply Etta D. gave us a beautiful invitation to dress for success and know we are worthy of that.
Stella of Giggles and Tales shared fantastic steps on letting go of our mistakes and forgiving ourselves.
Bella of ThoughtsnLifeBlog did TWO posts for Forgiving Fridays this week – and she’s a first time contributor!
First is a beautiful meditation on how to forgive and let go
Second is her poem and two quotes on the incredible value of forgiveness
Jim McDonald from My Head to Yours wrote a story with 3 of my words that ends with hope for something better – another first-time contributor!
In case you missed it – Karma Knits Love wrote a beautiful piece last week of how love matters for each of us
And last but certainly not least 🙂
Frank of Dutch Goes the Photo included Forgiving Connects in his photo challenge on History (his photo challenges are so great – thank you Frank!)
If you do a 7 day retreat to quiet your mind, or want to do one, I am so happy to help and hear how it goes for you!! Please comment below or email me. I love you.
Here are the guidelines of #ForgivingFridays:
- Every day is Friday! Do a post today or anytime this week.
- Be creative – there’s LOTS of space for your expression! Write a poem, take a photo, post a quote, share your story … what opens your heart?
- Tag your post with #ForgivingFridays
- Create a pingback link to this post so I can find you. ❤
- Have fun – you are awesome!!
Here’s the poem on Day 7 – Presence:
Ah, it seems so
easy, so simple, Stay present, she said. Ah (a
laugh that is a little ridiculed in the echoes
MIND. In the presence, none is a laugh)
That is not true, she said.
That was her emotions, her feelings, the joy that
hides underneath was crying (we’ll never know if
the boy left in the reality, because it is what she
before her. Ah wah, she cried, so forgive) Forgive
Forgive that too, is it distasteful? Body, oh now
let’s get to something bad.
It shits, it sleeps, it eats, and wants, and needs to
breathe. Ah Beloved, do you need anything
as a reminder, of the glory of your body,
of your emotions (that memory is healed in love),
of your mind, the beauty that you want in
someone outside is in
all of this. Embrace,
the Soul of who you are. The dirt and the grace,
that is the gold that you walk on. The child
that you are is of
God. Be the love this of you is all
I ask. Full and fill and know, dear one,
I am always with you.